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The Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is made up of a community of faculty and staff who reflect the diversity and global relevance of South Asian Studies. Through our diverse academic disciplines, summer language institute, annual conference, student organizations and outreach programs, the Center seeks to define and promote greater understanding of South Asian history, language, religion and culture. We also support linkages to other relevant area studies and global studies programs that emphasize transnational flows of culture, people, money in ways that are important to a better understanding of South Asia both in the past and the present.

Featured Film

Banaras

DVD – (22 minutes, 1970, black & white)

Price: $195.00 + shipping and handling

banaras…presents the currents and moods of the city through a series of strikingly common and uncommon visual images. It captures the pulse of daily life that returns again and again to the Ganges River and its sacred waters. The film explores the city’s shrines, its crowded lanes, its roadside stalls, its cremation-wood cutters, its funeral processions, its young, and its old. The film gives the viewer a feeling for the people of Banaras – their faces, their periods of activity, and their moments of public worship and private reflection.

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News

  • Conference Digital Archive now available with new website

    The Annual Conference on South Asia recently launched a new website. Our new design includes a “Deadlines At a Glance,” complete with submission guidelines and registration information as well as a redesigned contact information form. Among the many new features is the digital archive, created by our Conference Coordinator. ...

  • International Division Awards aid students studying abroad

    The International Division Scholarship Ceremony was held on December 5, celebrating the newest cohort of students with plans to study, research, and intern abroad. This year’s recipient of the Joe Elder Scholarship is Andrea Martel. More information on the awards ceremony and a complete list of recipients is available here.

  • Deer Park Buddhist Center Temple Photo Gallery

    Photographs by Kalleen Mortensen, from 1976 to 2016, are now available online. Mortensen’s collection contains photos taken around the Deer Park Buddhist Center Temple. The digital collection is hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society and is searchable. The Deer Park Buddhist Community began in 1976…(more).

    UW-Madison Scholar chosen for 2018 Marshall Scholarship

    Phoenix Rice-Johnson was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship this week. Rice-Johnson is among 43 elite students receiving this honor. A former FLAS recipient and Hindi student at UW-Madison, she earned her bachelor’s degree political science and international studies in 2016. Rice-Johnson will begin master’s studies at King’s College London next ...

  • UW Hosts 2017 Fulbright Pakistan Seminar

    November 2-5 marked the second year for UW-Madison and the Center for South Asia to host the Fulbright Pakistan Fall Enrichment Seminar. 150 Pakistani graduate students gathered in Madison for seminars on leadership, academic strategies, activism, politics, and networking. Between seminars, ...